Disney has officially cast its star for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. On Wednesday, the studio announced that pop star and actress Halle Bailey (Grown-ish) will play the role of Ariel, a young mermaid who desperately wants to ascend to the surface and live life among humans. To accomplish her goal, she trades her voice to a sea-witch in exchange for human legs. According to rumors, Melissa McCarthy may star opposite Bailey as the iconic Ursula, though official casting has not been announced.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” director Rob Marshall said in a statement.

Marshall will co-produce the film alongside John DeLucaMarc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. In addition to songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman from the 1989 animated classic, the live-action adaptation will also feature new songs by Menken and Miranda. Production is slated to begin in early 2020.

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  1. Honestly the recent live action adaptations of animated Disney movies have been more miss than hit with me because they feel like a pointless cash grab. I have seen Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin and found them a bit bland and boring. That being said I am intrigued by the Menken and Miranda collab; hopefully some good songs will come out of it.

    I am also happy for Halle Bailey for landing the role of Ariel who I think is one of the best princesses. As is expected in the current climate she is receiving some mean comments about her race on social media; I really wish sooner than later we will collectively decide to stop being petty assholes and be kinder to each other. I hope she will have fun with the role and not let the rude comments get to her.

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